For most artists, following up a multi-Grammy Award-winning album like 1999's Supernatural would have been a creative nightmare.

For most artists, following up a multi-Grammy Award-winning album like 1999's Supernatural would have been a creative nightmare. But 1996 Billboard Century Award honoree Carlos Santana is not "most artists." With Shaman, Santana delivers an album that will, no doubt, please fans of its globally successful predecessor, while at the same time reel in new ones. Over the course of 16 tracks (a couple tracks too long), Santana paints a musically rich and vibrant landscape, with spicy (primarily) instrumental jams like "Foo Foo" sharing time with such vocal offerings as "You Are My Kind" and "America" featuring, respectively, Seal and P.O.D. On the electronic-laced "Feels Like Fire," Santana teams with Dido for some chilled-out bliss. As good as "Fire" is, though, the set's crowning glory is its lead single: the Michelle Branch-fronted "The Game of Love," which is as buoyant as they come. Color Shaman a smash.—MP

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